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Graduate Courses 2014-2015

Fall 2014

ENVS 511 Tribal Climate Change (4 cr) Course Flyer Syllabus Lynn
This course will give an in depth examination of the impacts of climate change on tribal culture and sovereignty in the United States, and exploration the role of traditional ecological knowledge in understanding climate change impacts and solutions, and climate justice.
ENVS 577 Soil Science (4 cr) Syllabus Walker
This course will introduce students to the wonderful world of soils that exist, often
forgotten, beneath our feet. Soils are one of the most fundamental ecological constraints
on patterns and processes such as plant distribution, nutrient cycling, and cycling of water between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. Soils are also an important
component of many current and historical environmental problems.
ENVS 607 Theory and Practice (4 cr) Syllabus Dickman
This course is designed to facilitate Environmental Studies graduate students in getting to know some of the core and affiliated faculty of the Environmental Studies program and to encourage graduate students to gain exposure to a range of interdisciplinary work being done at the University of Oregon or by visitors to the UO.  This course may be used for one of the twelve credits of electives required for the Masters degree in ENVS.
ENVS 631 Theory and Practice (4 cr) Syllabus Dennis
Introduction to various disciplinary perspectives that contribute to environmental studies, including their research methods, vocabularies, and core concepts.

Winter 2015

ENVS 535 Environmental Justice (4 cr) Syllabus Norgaard
How and why are environmental problems experienced differently according to raced, gender and class? How do different communities experience and respond to environmental problems? Why does it matter that there is unequal exposure to environmental risks and benefits? What do we learn about the meaning of gender, race and class by studying the patterns of exposure and creative resistance of different communities to environmental hazards? In other words, what does the study of environmental risks tell us about racism, classism, sexism in our nations and world today? What is environmental privilege and why does it matter? These are some of the questions we will take up in this course.
ENVS 567 Sustainable Agriculture (4 cr) Syllabus Martin
 Examines traditional non-industrialized, modern industrialized, modern organic, and genetically modified crop-based systems through the lens of sustainability.
ENVS 601 Food Talks (1 cr) Wooten
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ENVS 607 Pedagogy (2 cr) Vazquez
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ENVS 607 Food Matters (4 cr) Wald
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ENVS 610 Graduate Seminar (2 cr) Walker
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ENVS 610 Graduate Seminar (2 cr) Walker
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Spring 2015

ENVS 607: Graduate Seminar in Political Ecology (4 cr) Course Flier Walker
Political ecology examines the politics—in the broadest sense of the word—of the environment.  Political ecology examines the historical role of political-economic systems, science, language and discourse, ideology, gender, property and resource access systems, and the everyday politics and culture of the community and the household in shaping human relationships with the environment. This year’s seminar examines the political ecology of environmental degradation and conservation in Africa; urban political ecology in the United States; fair trade and sustainability in Mexico; the broader questions of globalization and political-ecological marginalization; and the politicized nature of environmental science. This seminar is open only to graduate students, meaning that there will (usually) be no lecture by the professor: rather presentation, discussion, and analysis of readings will be lead by students, with ‘lead’ discussants chosen for each class period. In the 10-week term we will read eight books (see below) and students will write a ten-page term paper.

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